By Alexandra Posted February 11, 2014
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This guide gives you all the information you need on sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) free shampoos. We look at the effects of SLS and benefits of using an SLS-free shampoo and understand how using organic hair care differs from your regular high street products.

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If you have an itchy or flaky scalp, one of the simplest things you can try is washing your hair with an SLS-free shampoo. An SLS-free shampoo does not contain the harsh and irritating ingredient sodium lauryl sulphate, which is a foaming agent (detergent) used by many of the big brands in hair care.

SLS-free shampoo for naturally gorgeous hair

Our SLS-free shampoo will gently cleanse your hair without stripping your scalp of its protective oils.

We offer a wide range of organic, SLS-free shampoos for different hair types. We use much gentler foaming agents based on Coconut and Yucca, which work just as well but are less likely to cause scalp problems.

As well as SLS, our organic shampoos are free from all harsh chemical additives and instead contain pure, organic Aloe Vera, Rosemary, Avocado and other powerful, yet gentle, natural plant actives.

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Our shampoos are perfect if you have extremely sensitive skin and will gently cleanse your hair without stripping your scalp of its protective oils. Your hair will be left looking naturally healthy, glossy and lustrous.

You only need use a small amount of our SLS-free shampoos and natural conditioners.  They are based on Aloe Vera instead of water, highly concentrated and not watered down like most high-street brands. In fact, using less can mean even better results - less is more.

Why is SLS used in shampoos?

There are two main reasons that SLS is such a popular ingredient in shampoos. Firstly, it is cheap as it is produced synthetically, making it ideal for low-cost brands. Secondly, it is a very effective cleansing agent and creates lots of foam when mixed with water.

However SLS is a too powerful detergent and not all of its effects are good which is why many people are now trying to find SLS free shampoos as it can cause scalp problems.

What are the effects of SLS?

SLS is used as a laboratory standard for irritating skin due to its ability to penetrate and damage the skin barrier.

SLS is a known to be irritating to the skin so it is not surprising then that it can cause scalp problems when frequently applied as part of a shampoo. It is recognised as being the most irritating of the foaming agent used in shampoos.

Its irritating effects can create an itchy, flaky scalp and in some people even premature hair loss and now more and more people are looking for a shampoo without SLS.

SLS is a known skin and scalp irritant and is used as a laboratory standard for irritating skin due to its ability to penetrate and damage the skin barrier.

SLS has also been found to have some other undesirable effects. One such effect is its ability to penetrate the cornea of the eye and damage protein formation, even if absorbed through the skin, where it can accumulate and then be released slowly. This is particularly a concern for babies and children, where the effects are greater.

Have you got a question about our range of SLS free shampoos?

We are happy to help if you have a question about our SLS-free shampoos. Please call us on 01403 740350 or leave your comment or question below.

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